RIP: NY State Trooper Shot & Killed, Woman Killed

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This investigation began as a result of a drug overdose in the Town of Amherst. The Amherst Police Department enlisted the assistance of NYSP-CNET to assist with this multi-jurisdictional investigation.

A New York State trooper was shot and killed Sunday night in northern Jefferson County. A woman, described by police as the wife of the shooter, was also killed in the same incident.

The trooper, Joel R. Davis, 36, was taken to Samaritan Medical Center.

In a statement early Monday morning, state police superintendent George Beach II announced the death:

At approximately 8:09 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, Trooper Davis responded to a call of shots fired during a domestic dispute at 34371 County Route 46 in the town of Theresa, Jefferson County. While approaching the residence, Trooper Davis was shot once and killed.

The suspect, 32-year old Justin D. Walters, surrendered to other State Troopers without incident. Walters is an active duty Army infantryman who is stationed at Fort Drum.

A female victim was also found deceased at the scene. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Trooper Davis, of Evans Mills, NY, was 36 years old. He graduated from the 199th session of the Basic School on May 29, 2013, and was originally assigned to Troop D, SP Watertown, before receiving his current assignment at SP Philadelphia. He is survived by his wife and three children.

This incident remains under investigation.